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August 12, 2010

The whole secret of the universe

From Return Trip to Nirvana (pdf) by Arthur Koestler, Sunday Telegraph, 12 March 1961.

While working on the material I was reminded of a story George Orwell once told me (I do not recall whether he published it): a friend of his, while living in the Far East, smoked several pipes of opium every night, and every night a single phrase rang in his ear, which contained the whole secret of the universe; but in his euphoria he could not be bothered to write it down and by the morning it was gone. One night he managed to jot down the magic phrase after all, and in the morning he read: “The banana is big, but its skin is even bigger.”

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 12, 2010 07:23 AM